Crazy Quilt Block 97 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 97Crazy quilt block 97 is another favourite block of mine. As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version. See the blue lace in the top left corner. It has a story attached to it.

I used some very old piece of lace which in junk shop in Oxford,  England.  I was browsing around the store when I spotted a roll of lace wrapped around a piece of broom handle. Someone had wound each piece of lace on to the broom handle and slipped a pin in to secure it then they had wound on another piece and slipped a pin in. They had done this until the roll was about 4 inches thick and the pins had now all rusted.

The wad of laces looked to me as if they were of 50’s vintage because that was what was on the outer layer. However since the pins had rusted,  there was no real way of knowing what was in there. At the time I was curious about it and when I expressed an interest the shop keeper removed two pieces from the roll to discover the lengths were about 15 cm (6 inches) long and in removing them the lace was likely to tear. She offered them to me for a couple of pounds and I jumped at it.

When I got back home I was delighted because these small pieces of lace got older as I carefully unwound them. I think they were samples from a lace maker as each was tagged. To my amazement I discovered as I unwound the samples they got older and they went back to the Victorian era if not older. Unfortunately they were all very badly damaged. The use of numerous pins to secure each piece of lace had caused rust staining,  and worse the samples were often torn.

To be honest that did not bother me as I wanted to use the lace for crazy quilting. If it had been  in good condition I would not have used them but since they were damaged I felt there was no harm if reclaimed for crazy quilting. I dyed the badly rust stained, repaired what was worth repairing and reclaimed what I could and made something of it.

I have used many of these laces on this quilt and they influenced this quilt in another important way. Because I wanted to use the scraps I had salvaged I decided to make the blocks the size they are. I felt the proportion of the blocks to the laces, highlighted them better than if they had been used on larger blocks. Also many were too small to use on larger blocks.

Crazy Quilt Block 97 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 97 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Cotton
Piece 2: Crepe
Piece 3: Velvet
Piece 4: Velvet
Piece 5: Silk
Piece 6: Silk
Piece 7: Crepe

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 14
Total items on this block: 24

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1857

Crazy Quilt Block 97 free Pattern

Crazy Quilt Block 97 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 97

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 626This seam is hand embroidered with detached chain stitch worked in cotton perle #5

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This seam is covered with a braid. Along the edge I used Pistil stitch

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The hand embroidery stitches that have been used above the lace is Feather stitch and Sheaf stitch.

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This is Chevron stitch worked in soft cotton thread. I added bugle beads were added and topped with seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 97 detail 630The button cluster on Crazy quilt block 97.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my book?
My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.
holding my book in front of quilt

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Block 96 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 96Crazy quilt block 96 is one of my favourites as I enjoyed the colour scheme. As I have said in previous articles these blocks were all created from fabrics and embellishments drawn from my stash. Sometimes when you have to pull from your stash you end up doing something different and selecting a colour scheme you would not normally work. That is what happened with this block.

The laces I used on the block are hand dyed and many of the threads too! As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt Block 96 Fabric content:

Crazy quilt block 96 diagramPiece 1: Silk
Piece 2: After 5 wear fabric
Piece 3: Rayon
Piece 4: Cotton covered with nylon lace
Piece 5: Rayon
Piece 6: Velvet
Piece 7: Is not actually a fabric but a wide vintage braid with an interesting texture

Item Count: 

When I made this quilt I challenged myself to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. This on going item count below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 5
Total items on this block: 15

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1833

Crazy Quilt Block 96 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 96 Pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 96

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 619

Piece 4 is a patch that is nylon lace that is backed with a teal cotton fabric. The seam along the edge is decorated with feather stitch worked in hand dyed silk thread. I added blue beads to the arms of the stitch which gave it extra zest.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 620This patch is covered with some small flowers that are worked in Detached chain stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton and fly stitch worked in rayon thread. I sprinkled French knots around the patch

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 621On this seam I worked a line of Tied Herringbone Stitch then using rayon ribbon floss I added the black straight stitches in the valleys of the row. Seed beads were added last.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 622The lace was added to the seam on this block as I pieced it. I added beads.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 623This is rayon lace was hand dyed with procion dyes.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 624I worked a line of Chevron Stitch in cotton perle #5 before tucking small floral motifs in the valleys of the chevrons stitches. I made the flowers from Cast on Stitch, straight stitches for the stem and Detached Chain Stitches for the leaves.

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Here a close up of the button cluster on Block 96.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Block 92 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt block 92Crazy quilt block 92 is a little on the autobiographical side as it has a small plastic charm of a house with a sold sign. It marks when we sold out house in Western Australia in order to move East. It was a good move. One of the things we did before we left was sell part of our library as transport costs were so high. I felt the fabric with a print of books on it suited the theme. What is the duck doing there? Well it is a long story but my husband used to play in band called “Mucky Duck”

As usual you can click on the block to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt block 92 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 92 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton
Piece 2: Silk
Piece 3: Polycotton
Piece 4: Polycotton
Piece 5: Synthetic after 5 wear fabric
Piece 6: quilters cotton
Piece 7: velvet

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 4
Total items on this block: 14

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1758

Crazy Quilt Block 92 free Pattern

 Crazy Quilt block 92 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 92

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 595

The first detail is a little tiny section that can easily be missed. It is a seam of laced arrow stitch.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 597This seam  was first covered with lace then I decorated the lace with straight stitches and seed beads.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 598This seam is decorated with  Crossed Buttonhole worked in perle #5 thread and further decorated with floral novelty beads. I created a leaf and stem from straight stitch and detached chain stitch worked in the same perle #5 thread.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 599 Another way I decorated this block was to use feather stitch that is worked in a hand dyed cotton perel thread #5 and then arranged little floral spikes using detached chain stitch, and straight stitch. These are emphasied with a bright yellow bead.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 600On these seams I laced running stitch with rayon ribbon floss (the green thread)

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These are the buttons on the block I am often asked about buttons as I do just place them on top of embroidery or lace or braid. I situate them where I think they will look best as they draw the viewers eye to that point.

Crazy Quilt block 92 detail 601Finally here is the small house charm that provoked the block to become themed.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here